My mind is filled with too many "supposings".
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If I let my mind camp there it's like walking into a mine field. You can't see clearly. In one instance explosives meant to harm have been hidden under brush on the ground and when you are caught up in "supposing" you are unable to celebrate each day as the gift from God that it is. We find that when our mind leaves what is true we easily find yourselves on a fast and furious slide on the downward spiral of fear and worry.
So much has happened in the past several days. And the sun still rises in the eastern sky and glows pink and orange as it sets in the west. So many people have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Another storm system is headed in the same direction bringing snow and very cold temperatures.
When our brothers and sisters are hurting we hurt too and are led to help where and when we can. It's going to take some time to recover. We need to come together as a nation...and we need to trust God.
God is still God and He is still on His throne.
Author Elizabeth George has written a wonderful book and bible study entitled "Loving God With All Your Mind". She writes extensively about the importance of thinking "rightly".
Check out Philippians 4:8:
Amplified Bible (AMP)
8 For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].
She calls it thinking on what is true and real. Thinking in the moment.
The author of our salvation, our Savior Jesus, teaches extensively in Matthew 6:25-34:
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25 Therefore I tell you, stop being [a]perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?
26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?
27 And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the [b]span of his life?
28 And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and [c]learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.
29 Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his [d]magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these.
30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?
32 For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.
33 But seek ([e]aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness ([f]His way of doing and being right), and then all these things [g]taken together will be given you besides.
34 So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.
When storms are on the horizon, may we be a people who reaches across religious beliefs and political preferences to help one another. Holding tight to our faith and following God's Word.
Praying for you friends,